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Pine Point

Pine Point is a popular holiday area good for fishing sailing and crabbing. Pine Point attracted settlers well in advance of the proclamation of Muloowurtie in 1874. Sheep were overlanded from the eastern side of the Gulf and where the mallee scrub was too thick for their passage, they were moved along the beach at Black Point at low tide. The first flock arrived in 1846. As the scrub was rolled the land was opened up and dams and tanks were excavated. When these dried over the summer months, water was carted from wells at Pine Point. Later agriculture arrived on the peninsula and Pine Point became one of the many small ports where the ketches could pull in and be loaded directly from the drays. Later a small wharf was built which enabled the ketch to remain in deeper water. A chute or slide was installed in 1927, which greatly facilitated the loading. In October 1967 the ketch Yongala took the last cargo of grain off from Pine Point, sailing across the Gulf to Port Adelaide. Bulk grain handling facilities at Ardrossan, Wallaroo and Port Giles had gradually and irrevocably supplanted the ketch trade and the small ports of the peninsula.

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Muloowurtie Centenary 1874-1974, celebrated October 11th & 13th, 1974 Photocopy

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Ketch at Pine Point
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Pine Point
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Pine Point in the Hundred of Muloowurtie, South Austral
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